Minister Koca: Medicine has entered a new era in Turkey


Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca, at the meeting where he met with 58 physicians, gave information about the new regulations for health workers and stated that they thought that the results would exceed expectations when the implementation regulation of the law to improve the economic conditions of physicians.

According to the information obtained from the sources of the Ministry, Koca met with 58 physicians working in different branches in hospitals and health institutions in different provinces of Turkey on Tuesday, June 21.

Physicians attending the meeting at the Ministry building were selected from among the many physicians who had previously communicated with Minister Koca due to their and their colleagues’ problems.

In the comprehensive meeting consisting of four parts, Koca gave information about the new regulations that have been implemented for physicians and whose studies are still ongoing, and shared the message that “medicine in Turkey has entered a new era”.

Physicians asked their questions about the new regulations

In the second part of the meeting, Minister Koca explained the solutions to the main problems of health workers with a detailed presentation.

In the third part of the meeting, doctors asked Koca questions about the new regulations.

The main agenda items of the meeting were the prevention of violence against healthcare professionals, the laws regarding the state’s responsibility for the state to undertake unintentional compensation in cases brought against healthcare professionals due to malpractice, and the new regulations aimed at improving the financial and personal rights of healthcare professionals.

In this section, the topics that are curious about the regulations and that are not fully understood due to their technical nature were clearly conveyed to the physicians.

“What was done for our healthcare workers was done for our 85 million people”

Minister Koca, in his evaluation in the last part of the meeting, drew attention to the fact that the regulations contain radical changes and that it is aimed to solve the problems that push physicians to pessimism about their professional lives.

Reminding that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave the good news of these regulations on March 14, Medicine Day, Koca stated that the preparations for the regulation of the law to improve the economic conditions of physicians are continuing, and that they think that the results that will emerge with the regulation may exceed expectations.

“The opportunities that physicians have had for a long time have been deserved for a long time. What has been done for our healthcare workers has also been done for our 85 million people. It should also be considered that what has been done includes the meaning of our nation’s thanks to these heroes of the fight against the epidemic.” made its assessment.

Minister Koca’s call to physicians for “sensitivity” for individuals with special needs

Sharing his messages for healthcare professionals at the meeting, Koca pointed out the dedication shown during the fight against the epidemic and said, “Every patient who steps through the door of health institutions is my patient.” used the phrase. Koca emphasized the importance of solving the problems in the health system in cooperation.

Minister Koca also wanted to give importance to cooperation and harmony between health professional groups, to approach patients positively, and to pay special attention to individuals with special needs such as the elderly, disabled and children in health services.

What do the new regulations bring?

On the other hand, three new laws passed by the Parliament and entered into force with the signature of President Erdogan, point to a new era in terms of the medical profession in Turkey.

With the law on the prevention of violence against healthcare workers, which entered into force on 12 May, the penalty for violent crimes in healthcare was increased and the good behavior discount was abolished. While the catalog, which includes the most serious crimes such as assault and willful homicide, is included in the scope of crimes, the pre-trial detention of those who commit this crime is now regulated in the law.

With another law enacted on the same date, in malpractice cases, the plaintiff will receive the compensation determined by the court from the state, instead of the health worker, if he is right. At this point, the state of “deliberate harm”, which requires a prison sentence, was kept completely separate in the law.

It is aimed to raise the living standards of physicians with the regulations that were enacted on June 16 and the preparations for the regulation continue, which improve the financial and personal rights of health workers.

With these regulations, the salaries of physicians working in different hospitals but doing the same job are balanced, and an increase in income other than fixed salaries is paved. By providing new opportunities with contracted staff, it is aimed to encourage working in hospitals where there is a shortage of specialist physicians.

The arrangements made will make significant contributions to better working conditions for healthcare professionals and to a better service quality in healthcare.


Source: Dünya Gazetesi by www.dunya.com.

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